Today in Johnson City History: September 14

Sept. 14, 1883: The Johnson City Real Estate Company was the first real estate corporation chartered in Johnson City.

Sept. 14, 1911: The Comet published an essay by F.W. Hoss about the Johnson City Soldiers’ pennant in Appalachian League Baseball. “It rained. Along in the afternoon. But that was ancient history at six o’clock. But it reigned again; Pandemonium. Then everybody reined — steeds in when they reached Main St. then Halley’s Comet struck struct the earth and coiled up a few million miles of its tail between the Unaka National Bank and the City Drug Store, distributing free laughing gas and joy spectrums to the waiting throng that wouldn’t go home till morning. The moon froze.”

Sept. 14, 1960: The Junior Service League, in an effort to become a Junior League, which was ultimately successful, published the results of a lengthy community questionnaire and needs assessment.

Sources: Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Archives of Appalachia, Cox-Painter-Adams Family Papers

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